FLASHBACK: 'OITNB's Kate Mulgrew Reflects on Her Groundbreaking 'Star Trek: Voyager' Role in 1994
By Zach Seemayer, Video by Ashley Crossan
Star Trek: Voyager turns 20 today, and ET was on the set with Kate Mulgrew in 1994 where she opened up about playing Kathryn Janeway, the franchise's first female commander.
"I think that I will lend… a different kind of levity to [the position], a different kind of ferocity," Mulgrew told ET more than two decades ago. "I'm a very passionate person and I imagine I will endow Kathryn with that attribute."
Mulgrew, who currently stars as Red on the celebrated Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, starred on Voyager for the show's entire seven-season run. According to Mulgrew, she stuck around because she loved acting, not for the paycheck.
"I think that if I were interested in dough, I'd have it by now -- don't you?" Mulgrew told ET. "I'm reasonably talented, god knows I'm driven, I'm ambitious, I'm remotely intelligent. I'd have a lot of money by now. I could have married a rich man if that's what I wanted. I want the work. I want the craft."
In her current role as Red on OITNB, Mulgrew is once again playing a character in a position of leadership among the other inmates in the women's federal prison. The role even earned her an Emmy nomination and a Critics Choice Television Award in 2014.